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Company seeks Crown land approval on multi-purpose Deer Lake development

A map of the Crown land that V&J Tectonic has proposed to use. GOVERNMENT OF NL
A map of the Crown land that V&J Tectonic has proposed to use. GOVERNMENT OF NL

The provincial government has been gathering public input on a potential major multi-purpose project within the Town of Deer Lake.

V&J Tectonic Inc., a company based in Deer Lake, has applied for about 135 hectares of Crown land south of Glide Lake Road.

A news release from the province indicated it would include the development of residential and commercial building lots, as well as a recreational area.

More detail on the project was not provided.

Vaden Williams, the owner of V&J Tectonic, declined to comment on the company’s plans until the province makes a decision on the Crown land application.

However, V&J Tectonic made a similar proposal nearly eight years earlier in the area of Glide Lake Road.

The environmental assessment application submitted by the company in 2013, indicates at that time the company wished to develop the land “to encourage, enhance and facilitate regional growth of the oil industry, hydro electric industry and the mining industry.”

The company also believed Deer Lake could serve as a regional transportation hub for Western Newfoundland, the Great Northern Peninsula and Southern Labrador.

They hoped to encourage the establishment of “warehousing, transport container lift facilities and metal fabrication facilities” to service the transportation hub and the oil, hydro, and mining industries.

Space would also be provided for commercial office complexes, various business clients such as restaurants and a grocery store, a new residential sub-division, and new commercial and residential parks including walking trails, playgrounds, and a soccer pitch.

The company indicated within the 2013 application the Town of Deer Lake had given the municipal assessment approval to proceed with the Crown lands application and subsequent project.

Deer Lake Mayor Dean Ball also declined to comment until the province has a decision on the Crown land application.

On Monday, Nov. 16, the Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture held a meeting at the Holiday Inn Express in Deer Lake where they sought input from the public and stakeholders.

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